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What causes vibration in hands after stopping drinking?

hi my name is tukaram. i am marathi teacher in mumbai. while writing my hands vibrates and i cant write properly. i tried many doctors. but no effect. in my past i drunk liker much and suddenly i stopped drinking 4 years ago .i have hand vibration problem from 2 years. please give me solution.
Fri, 20 Dec 2013
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Dear Tukaram.
Greetings from health care magic!!! I am Dr Thakker and shall be answering your question.

I can very well relate to your concerns of nervousness and tremors in your hands. something they can be emberassing and incapacitatin. I will try my best to answer your question and guide you through the problem.

As you mentioned in the history that you have consumed alcohol in the past for many years. Long term alcohol consumption leads to damage to nerves. This is called is alcoholic neuropathy. this could result in tingling , numbness in your fingers and vibration as well.

However other possible explanations for the tremor are:

1) Anxiety

2) Hyperthyroidism

3) Action tremor due to cerebellar disease

We need to perform some blood tests likes T3,T4,TSH, vitamin b12 and folic acid levels. EMG -NCS nerve conduction studies, MRI Brain. we can then pinpoint the exact cause and treat the tremors. in the mean time you can try propranolol for a few days.

I hope this helps you out. If you have any more questions, please do not hesitate to write back to me.

Yours sincerely,
Dr Thakker.
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